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Off to Hiroshima

Posted on 2006/05/07 02:15:14 (May 2006).

[Tuesday May 2nd]
Being "Golden Week" here in Japan meant only two days in the office - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were all national holidays. It seems a lot of people quite wisely use a couple of days vacation and extend this to a full week, as I was one of only a small handful of people in my office today.

I left the office very punctually, stopped off at the flat to get my things together, and then headed over to Tokyo station to meet up with Chie and get on the Shinkansen. We got on just before 8, and it is a four hour journey from there to Hiroshima. This ought to highlight just how far apart the two cities are - if it takes four hours on one of the world's fastest trains, then I guess in UK terms that would probably translate to the distance between London and Inverness. Anyway, I passed the time by browsing the internet on my phone (although the tunnels etc make this a tad frustrating), eating a rather nice vegetarian bento, and having a few beers (it would be rude not to!)... but still four hours is a long time, and it did seem to drag towards the end.

So it was around midnight when we arrived in Hiroshima. Chie's parents had waited up for us, which was really nice of them, so this meant a few more beers before bed, and I think it was probably about 2AM by the time my head hit the pillow.

Comment 1

You know, with a trip that long - and at such speeds - it does make you wonder if "jet-lag" comes in to play here...

Posted by Nigel at 2006/05/07 10:18:17.

Comment 2

It's an imposture! The Japanese copied our TGV (Train Grande Vitesse)!!!! Cock-a-doodle-do!

Posted by Sheri at 2006/05/07 10:27:35.

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